Khamenei’s Banning of COVID-19 Vaccines from US and UK is a Crime Against Humanity

Dr. Azadeh Sami's remarks at OIAC webinar

Dr. Azadeh Sami

Prof. Firouz Daneshgari's remarks at OIAC webinar

Prof. Firouz Daneshgari

Dr. Zohreh Talebi's remarks at OIAC webinar

Dr. Zohreh Talebi

Dr. Saeid Sajadi's remarks at OIAC webinar

Dr. Saeid Sajadi’s remarks at OIAC webinar

OIAC Webinar

The recent remarks by Iran Supreme Leader, Ali Khamene, make very clear the true intention of the regime and dispel any myths about sanctions.

when it comes to Iran’s religious dictatorship, they are hellbent on using the virus as a weapon against the people of Iran and that is why they are walking away from reliable vaccines from US and UK.”

— Prof. Firouze Daneshgari

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, January 28, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — On January 26, the Organization of Iranian American Communities (OIAC) hosted a virtual event on the COVID-19 crisis in Iran. The event was titled “Iran Regime's Restriction of COVID-19 Vaccines, a Crime Against Humanity.” A panel of Iranian American scholars, researchers and physicians discussed the humanitarian implications of Iran’s Supreme Leader’s, Ali Khamenei, ban of the internationally approved vaccines from Pfizer–BioNTech and Moderna.

Speakers included Dr. Firouz Daneshgari, Dr. Zohreh Talebi, and Dr. Saeid Sajadi. The event was moderated by Dr. Azadeh Sami.

The panelists shed light on the ongoing COVID-19 situation, which has impacted many countries around the world and been exceptionally mismanaged by the clerical regime in Iran. In the early days of the global pandemic, Iran was hit especially hard by the virus as the regime constantly downplayed the severity of the situation and pursued its economic interests as opposed to the public health of its citizens. In recent weeks, as the rest of the world began distribution of vaccines, Khamenei decided to ban vaccines from Western countries, which will have brutal consequences for the innocent Iranians who have been hard hit by the pandemic.

Dr. Talebi shared one of the eye-opening statistics in Iran, where the COVID death toll has exceeded 206,000. Of course, the Iranian regime has constantly underreported cases and fatalities in the country. Iran continues to hold the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East.

Dr. Daneshgari highlighted the actions and behaviors of the Iranian regime that signal its lack of attention to the public health crisis. As the Islamic Republic continues to pour financial resources into its regional meddling and sponsorship of terrorism, Iranian hospitals, doctors, and nurses are left without access to the most basic medical necessities. The panelists agreed—the regime is using the pandemic as a tool to suppress a society yearning for freedom. Dr. Daneshgari called on the international health community, saying “The international community should not allow this regime to play with public health in such way.”

Although the regime in Tehran continues to blame sanctions imposed by the United States and European nations for their public health crisis, the recent remarks by the Supreme Leader make very clear the true intention of the regime and dispel any myths about sanctions. Dr. Daneshgari elaborated on this further. “Regulations allow companies to supply medicine, medical devices, food, and agricultural commodities to Iran and other embargoed countries,” he said, adding “I know this firsthand because I am founder of a healthcare company and chairman of a humanitarian NGO. There is absolutely no legal hinderance for US or non-US persons to send or donate humanitarian goods to Iran without any specific approval.”

Dr. Sajadi added an eloquent point, saying “the Mullahs, themselves, are the main source of sanctions toward the Iranian people. They have sanctioned and denied the people of their every right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. As far as US sanctions, they do not target any access to medicine or medical equipment.”

Dr. Sami emphasized how the Iranian American healthcare practitioners and physicians are united in their call on the international community and World Health Organization to ensure Iran does not politicize the vaccination for the people of Iran. She further urged the White House, United Kingdom, European Union, and United Nations to condemn Khamenei’s remarks because the barring of COVID-19 vaccines is with criminal intent and will lead to another crime against humanity in Iran.

Bellow are Dr, Sami's opening remarks and excepts from the experts' remarks:

Dr. Azadeh Sami: Ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to OIAC first webinar of 2021. My name is Azadeh Sami, I am practicing pediatrician in Washington DC area, public health researcher focusing on Iran and co-founder of OIAC’s Young Professionals. I have the privilege of moderating a very distinguished panel of Iranian American scholars, researchers and physicians. Our event today is being livestreamed via OIAC twitter and Youtube channel. I know may are following our event online as our webinar has reached its capacity. Let me say welcome to all of the attendees and media who have joined us today through this webinar or livestream. Please send us your questions in writing and as time permits, we will get to your questions at the end.

Our session today is focused on the recent remarks by Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khameinie, who on January 8th announced that his regime will ban the import of any COVID-19 vaccines made in the United States, United Kingdom, or even France. Our expert panel today will examine the implications of Khamenei’s ban of internationally approved vaccine and what it means to the people of Iran. We, the Organization of Iranian Americans (OIAC) believe Khameinie’s statement is criminal and will lead to intentional mass killing of the most vulnerable population in Iran.

With that, let me begin with introducing our panelists. I am joined with:

Dr. Firouz Daneshgari, Surgeon-scientist, Professor and 3rd Chairman of Department of Urology at Case Western Reserve University. Founder of Urology Institute at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Founder and President of innovative health care company BowTie Medical aligned with Affordable Care Act. Dr. Daneshgari has been published in over 200 scientific articles and book chapters, and his research has been continuously funded by National Institute of Health. He is affiliated with several hospitals across the US including many in Ohio. Dr. Daneshgari is recognized for his humanitarian and scholarly work internationally and is recipient of numerous prestigious medical awards. Needless to say, he is currently focusing on international campaign to end COVID19 pandemic in Iran.

Dr. Daneshgari welcome and it’s an honor to have with us today.

Dr. Firouz Daneshgari: Thank you and great to be here Dr. Sami. Look forward to our discussion on this topic.

Dr. Azadeh Sami: our next panelist is Dr. Zohreh Talebi. A Research Scientist and scholar practitioner in molecular biology, genetic and epigenetic factors. Dr. Talebi expertise is in systems biology approach such as linking genomic and phenotypic data with the focus on gene regulatory processes (such as X chromosome inactivation, noncoding RNAs, and alternative splicing). She has authored about 40 scientific articles and book chapters and frequently presented her research at National and International scientific conferences. In her field, Dr. Talebi has established and led a novel initiative called AutGO (Autism Genetics and Outcome) to promote partnership that draws on both genetics and clinical outcomes perspectives. COVID19 pandemic in Iran continues to be an area of interest and advocacy for Dr. Tablei. It is a great pleasure to have you with us today.

Dr. Zohre Talebi: Dr. Sami thank you so much and it’s an honor to be part of such a distinguished panel.

Dr. Azadeh Sami: last but not least, we are joined with Dr. Saeid Sajadi, who currently practices medicine at his 3 private offices. Dr. Sajadi is a graduate of University of Kansas School of Medicine where he received training in internal medicine from University of Missouri in Kansas City. For more than 3 decades, he has fiercely advocated for a free Iran, which respects human rights and adheres to a democratic and inclusive political system. Since the outbreak of COVID19 pandemic, Dr. Sajadi has worked tirelessly to support medical professionals and healthcare practitioners in Iran with knowledge transfer, research information and best practices. We are very pleased to have you with us today Dr. Sajadi.
Dr Saeid Sadjadi: Thank you Dr. Sami and delighted to join you all today.

Dr. Azadeh Sami: Wonderful. So, before we begin our main discussion, I think it is fitting to first understand how COVID 19 has impacted the people of Iran and how the regime has responded so far.

Dr. Azadeh Sami: This video had a key point how the regime responded to this pandemic so poorly and how the people of Iran continue to pay the highest price with their lives due to coverup, mismanagement and incompetence by this regime. The regime is also going out of its way to hide the true fatality rate. The good news is public demand for viable vaccine is on the rise. So, let’s begin with Dr. Daheshgari, Since the outbreak of the global pandemic we all have spoken about how the Iranian regime is deliberately using this virus as a weapon against the people of Iran. In fact, all of us have participated in various weekly online conference and public awareness campaigns (both in Farsi and English) to shed some light on the truth about preventive measures for the public, the health care professionals and the overall COVID19 situation in Iran. So, my question is, why would Khameinie come forward on January 8th to announce that his regime is banning the import of the internationally approved Pfizer, BioNTech, Moderna and soon to come Johnson&Johnson vaccines? These vaccinations have 90% efficacy rate which substantially reduces the spread and death toll from COVID-19.

Dr. Firouze Daneshgari: Right, I think the best way to look at Khamenie’s call to ban these vaccines is not to question the efficacy of these impressive and incredible achievement by our colleagues across the scientific communities in US, UK and France. BUT to question Khameini’s motives. Let me outline some key facts:

Who called the pandemic “not a big deal” or a “blessing”? Khamenei, we just saw it in the video you showed.
Who stole over $1 billion in humanitarian funds that was released from country’s foreign currency reserve to help fight coronavirus? Khamenei and Rouhani back in March of this year. This was reported on extensively in farsi speaking media.
Who refused to accept aid from the United States back in March, right around the time of Nourouz? Khameini, this was reported by Associated Press quoting Khamenie himself who repeated the lies and conspiracy theory that the virus was “man-made by America.” This is what he said and let me read it to you: “who in their right mind would trust America to bring them medication. Possibly your medicine is a way to spread the virus more.” This is AP report on March 22, 2020.
Who ridiculed the concept of quarantining for the public but not for themselves? Rouhani and his deputy as we just saw in the video that you showed. They called it an outdated concept!
Who expelled Doctors without Borders on March 24 and disband their treatment center that they had setup in the rural areas to help the public? Khamenei and his regime
Who continued to authorize the IRGC’s Mahan Airline flights to China long after all other nations had banned flight to and from mainland China? Khamenei and the IRGC. Based on our research from April, Mahan Airline is responsible for spreading COVID19 to 17 other countries and it includes Iraq, Syria and others.
Who has the most financial resources at his disposal to address the crisis, provide financial aid and accommodate meaningful lockdown so that the public can afford to stay home? In 2019, the US government announced Khamenei financial empire is worth an estimated of $200 billion. Meanwhile, our colleagues in Iran’s hospital, and I am talking about Doctors and Nurses in Iran, are left without pay, are left without protective gears, are left without access to the most basic treatment for their patients. And many of them have lost their lives. Based on our research and data that was published in November of 2020, over 160 physicians and nurses have died due to COVID-19. These numbers are heartbreaking and devastating and yet Khamenie chooses to hold on to his funds and inhumane policies.
So, if I were to sum it up, when it comes to Iran’s religious dictatorship, they are hellbent on using the virus as a weapon against the people of Iran and that is why they are walking away from reliable vaccines from US and UK. The international community should not allow this regime to play with public health in such way. We must not allow the issue of vaccine to become a political game for this regime. And all of us as medical professionals are extremely concerned about this inhumane decision which is a continuation of a yearlong regime policy of using the pandemic as a way to oppress the public. Will do everything in our power to prevent the politicizing of the use of reliable vaccines for the people of Iran.

Dr. Zohreh Talebi: I have to agree with my colleague, Dr. Daneshgari that the Iranian regime is aggravating the country’s covid-19 crisis and undermining global public health norms.

Let’s take a step back for a minute and recognize that every country has been challenged with COVID19 pandemic. Each government has their own ways of dealing with the situation. Some use innovative and effective ways to deploy preventive and protective measures. Some governments are going out of their way to create transparency for public awareness and response to this situation. And some are not. We are not even talking about democracies vs. dictatorships. For example, in recent weeks, even North Korea, who claims that it has not been impacted by COVID 19, has reached out to several European countries to obtain the vaccines.

So, this is our frame of reference comparing the two dictatorships: Iran and North Korea; and in this case, Khamenei chose to be even more inhuman than Kim Jong Un. I agree with your opening remarks —Dr. Sami—that this is a criminal act by Iran’s highest authority and could lead to yet another crime against humanity. The death toll is rising every day, just today I learned the number has exceeded 206,300 in 478 cities across Iran. Very sad and alarming figures!

Dr. Saied Sadjadi: When discussing the case of COVID and the related vaccine in Iran, it is of paramount importance to recognize that we are dealing with a regime which uses the pandemic as a tool to suppress a society yearning for freedom. In other countries, COVID is on the verge of bringing about a social change in various fronts, whereas in Iran Khomeini is fixated on using COVID for the purpose of stagnation of society, and to prevent uprising.

So it’s not all about being backward or anti-science, it’s solely about political interests and survival. Khamenei sees regime’s survival, in the survival of the COVID. That’s why Khamenei is against an effective vaccine for the people of Iran. From this perspective, one can see why he is for an ineffective, or perhaps a dangerous, vaccine.

We just saw the clip of Khamenei resorting to an obvious lie about the vaccines made in the West, banning the import of American and British vaccines, claiming that US and Britain “want to contaminate other nations.” Any evidence to this nonsense? What’s the objective of contaminating other nations? It’s worth noting that every day, 100,000s of Americans and British get vaccinated with the same vaccines.

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Veteran ER Doctor Launches myURGENCYMD to Provide 24/7 Telemedicine Services to Individuals, Families & Students

Dr. Dorsha James launched her telemedicine company myURGENCYMD to give everyone access to affordable health care services

Dr. Dorsha James launched her telemedicine company, myURGENCYMD, to give everyone access to affordable health care services

Dr. Dorsha James launched telemedicine company, my URGENCY MD, to help others receive easy and affordable non-emergency health services.

myURGENCYMD provides patients with the ability to see a doctor from the comforts of home, bypassing doctor’s offices and waiting rooms and without the large hospital bill.”

— Dr. Dorsha James

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES, January 28, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Dr. Dorsha James, MD wants everyone to have access to doctors when they need them. To help accomplish her goal, she launched the telemedicine company myURGENCYMD. myURGENCYMD provides its members access to caring board-certified physicians in their area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via phone, video, or email. Individuals can easily request a virtual consultation for treating conditions such as cold and flu symptoms, sinus problems, respiratory infections, allergies, some STDs, urinary tract infections, and many other non-emergency illnesses. These services are easy to utilize, affordable, and convenient with physicians “on-call” in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. At a time when the general public is encouraged to stay at home as much as possible and practice social distancing to decrease the risk of contracting the coronavirus, being able to speak to a physician without having to leave home is invaluable. Membership can be obtained by visiting www.myURGENCYMD.com.

As a 15-year veteran emergency medicine physician in the ever-growing city of Nashville, TN, Dr. Dorsha has seen what happens when people come to the hospital for non-life-threatening issues. “Unfortunately for some, the ER is the only place they can receive their care but ER’s are often overcrowded with extended wait times. myURGENCYMD provides patients with the ability to see a doctor from the comforts of home, bypassing doctor’s offices and waiting rooms and without the large hospital bill,” said Dr. Dorsha.

For those without health insurance, telemedicine is a good option until they can obtain coverage and for those with insurance, telemedicine is a great supplemental service for companies that don’t offer it as part of their coverage. Anyone can become a member and telemedicine allows anyone with smart phone access to non-emergency health services for a total cost of $24.95 a month or less than $300 a year. Another perk is one membership can be utilized by a household of up to seven people. The service is unlimited so members can schedule appointments as needed. It has no co-pays or additional fees and has a Spanish experience for those who need it.

In late 2020, myURGENCYMD created an initiative that specifically targets HBCUs and other colleges and universities that want to be able to provide health services to students around the clock. Tennessee State University, in Nashville, Tennessee, was the first to partner with the organization and provides myURGENCYMD’s services to its more than 7,000 students free of charge. This is especially useful during the COVID-19 pandemic as colleges and universities across the United States saw a significant increase in the number of students taking on-line courses making it difficult for them to utilize services provided by student health centers located on campus.

myURGENCYMD also provides mental health services. Many factors have caused an increase in depression and anxiety making access to mental health care imperative. A myURGENCYMD membership includes unlimited access to a Master’s Level Therapist and members also have a 100% guaranteed follow-up with their original therapist.

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Leading Cerebral Palsy Organizations, Cerebral Palsy Research Network And CP Now, Merge To Amplify Research & Education

The Cerebral Palsy Research Network (CPRN) and CP NOW, two organizations who have worked closely to improve the health and wellness of people with cerebral palsy (CP), have merged their operations.

The Cerebral Palsy Research Network and CP Now merge to optimize the lifelong health and wellness of people with cerebral palsy under their shared missions.

Our merger is a natural evolution of our partnership over the years, and we are thrilled about the opportunities to strengthen our commitment to supporting the CP community.”

— CPRN Chairman and Founder Paul Gross

GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, January 28, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Cerebral Palsy Research Network (CPRN) and CP NOW, two organizations that have worked closely to improve the health and wellness of people with cerebral palsy (CP), have merged their operations. Effective immediately, the merged operation will do business as the CP Research Network. The merger was a natural step to accelerate their shared mission: optimizing the lifelong health and wellness of people with cerebral palsy and their families through high-quality research, education, and community programming.

Moving forward, the CP Research Network will coordinate programs, staffing, social media, and fundraising all under one virtual roof with operations in Greenville, South Carolina, and Seattle, Washington. The nonprofit’s strong research relationship with the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah will also continue.

CPRN Chairman and Founder Paul Gross will take the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of the CP Research Network. CP NOW President and Founder Michele Shusterman will serve as a CP Research Network board director and will manage the educational and wellbeing programs.

“Joining forces with CP NOW is an ideal way to add a stronger community voice as well as adding educational and wellbeing programming to our research efforts,” said Gross. “Together as one entity, we can pursue more funding to accelerate our impact on the health of people in the CP community.”

“CP NOW and the CP Research Network have always had complimentary visions and values for transforming health and wellness for individuals with CP,” said Shusterman. “Our merger is a natural evolution of our partnership over the years, and we are thrilled about the opportunities to strengthen our commitment to supporting the CP community.”

The CP Research Network’s digital platform, cprn.org, will include the blog CP Daily Living, CP NOW’s award-winning CP Toolkit and Wellness Guide, and MyCP, a web property for the CPRN Community Registry and Forum. This digital resource will provide a single place for the CP community and clinician-researchers to come together to advance health outcomes for people with CP and facilitate deeper community stakeholder engagement in research.

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The CP Research Network is the largest and most comprehensive collaboration of hospitals and community members working together to improve health outcomes for people with CP. The network hosts the largest community and clinical registries in the United States, focuses on research and consumer educational content on the health and wellness outcomes that people with cerebral palsy value most, and includes the entire community in research, education, and clinical implementation.

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“The Four Hijabs” (in Arabic and English) Feminist Interpretations of Qur’anic Verses

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“The Four Hijabs”

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, January 28, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — – Written by Jamil Khoury and Dr. Manal Hamzeh
– Translated from English to Arabic by Dr. Manal Hamzeh
– Original English-Language Version Directed by Liz Wuerffel
– Animated by Anna Hayden-Roy

Chicago, IL – (Arab Newswire) — Silk Road Rising (Co-Executive Artistic Directors Malik Gillani and Jamil Khoury) is proud to announce that the original English-language version of their animated short film “The Four Hijabs” was dubbed into Arabic in Amman, Jordan and Damascus, Syria. The company has also released two companion video interviews, one in English and one in Arabic, featuring the film’s co-writer Dr. Manal Hamzeh.

Synopsis of The Four Hijabs

Released in 2016, “The Four Hijabs” (12min 6sec) is an animated short film that explores the multiple meanings of four hijabs mentioned in 16 Qur’anic verses and interprets them through Arab-Muslim feminist lenses:
⚬ the visual hijab (the modest dress required of both Muslim men and women)
⚬ the spatial hijab (the separator between private and public spaces)
⚬ the ethical hijab (the ethical values/practices required of all Muslims)
⚬ the spiritual hijab (the barrier that inhibits deep spiritual growth and new knowledge)

“The Four Hijabs” is an entertaining and accessible opportunity to engage with the complex ideas surrounding the hijab.

Inspired by ideas in Dr. Manal Hamzeh’s book Pedagogies of “DeVeiling: Muslim Girls and the Hijab Discourse” (Information Age Publishing, 2012) and adapted into a screenplay by Hamzeh and Jamil Khoury, “The Four Hijabs” builds upon the groundbreaking work of the late Moroccan feminist writer and sociologist Fatima Mernissi.

Statement by Dr. Manal Hamzeh, Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies at New Mexico State University

In the summer of 2017, one year after the launch of our animated short film “The Four Hijabs,” my friend Samar Dudin introduced me to the owner of one of the most reputable dubbing companies in the Arab world, located in Amman, Jordan. Even before viewing The Four Hijabs in its entirety, he agreed to produce an Arabic dubbed version. I handed him the Arabic script assuming we would need to workshop it with actors before beginning the recording process. To my astonishment, within 48 hours, he asked me to visit him at the studio so that I could review the final dubbed version!

In that short window of time, the producer hired the actors and finished the actual dubbing. Adding to the complexity of it all, the actors he selected were all Syrians living in Syria. They literally emailed in their audio recordings shortly after listening to the film in English. Their cadence and tonality adhered to that of the American actors. All of this was done against the backdrop of a horrific war in Syria. Thus, the actors requested anonymity to avoid any risk of retaliation for participating in such an overtly anti-patriarchal project.

The process of dubbing “The Four Hijabs” into Arabic is an example of critical feminist translation. It adds another layer of resistance, refusal, and disobedience to both the English language version and the Arabic subtitled version. Moreover, the Arabic dubbed version gives “The Four Hijabs” another chance to speak back to oppressive patriarchal movements and regimes in Arab and Muslim-majority contexts. It also engages a substantial Arabic-speaking audience and opens the possibility of questioning and unlearning the dominant gendering discourse of the hijab.

It is worth noting that the Arabic translation intentionally used classical Arabic to reach a wider Arabic speaking audience. Simultaneously, the actors' very subtle Shami (Levantine) accent invites warmth and intimate engagement with the script, mostly for Arabs who speak and are close to this accent: Syrians, Jordanians, Palestinians, and Lebanese.

Along with the previously available version of “The Four Hijabs” subtitled in classical Arabic, it is our hope that this dubbed version will reach a broader Arabic speaking audience and generate transnational conversation and inquiry.

Statement by Jamil Khoury, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Artistic Director of Silk Road Rising
Having co-written the original English language version of “The Four Hijabs” with Dr. Manal Hamzeh, I take great pride in the fact we created an animated short that’s been described as “compelling,” “informative,” “thought-provoking,” and “eye-opening.” But the experience of hearing the piece in Arabic goes beyond interesting food for thought. Quite frankly, it feels revolutionary and subversive, dangerous even.

Listening to “The Four Hijabs” in English, I’m always struck by the critical questions the film poses, the new perspectives it dramatizes, and its relevance to conversations occurring within Christianity, Judaism, and Hinduism. But when I listen to it in Arabic, the stakes are even greater. For in addition to doing important pedagogical and feminist work, it challenges gender injustice more stridently and unapologetically. It throws down the gauntlet in a hotly contested intra-Muslim debate. The patriarchs are being taken to the mat, and it is both scary and exhilarating.

Streaming Links of The Four Hijabs
All videos are available for free on YouTube and at www.fourhijabs.org:
“The Four Hijabs” (dubbed into Arabic): https://youtu.be/XmTFE5rzghU
"The Four Hijabs" (in English with option of Arabic subtitles): https://youtu.be/64-29gsaVns

Video Interviews with Dr. Manal Hamzeh

On October 12, 2019, Silk Road Rising sat down with Dr. Manal Hamzeh to discuss questions surrounding “The Four Hijabs” and to provide her a forum for contextualizing her academic and activist work. The videos below, one in English and one in Arabic, address different but related aspects of Hamzeh's analyses and decades-long feminist journey. It was an opportunity for Hamzeh to make her work accessible to both English-speaking and Arabic-speaking audiences.

Dr. Manal Hamzeh on Socialization of Muslim Girls and the Animated Short “The Four Hijabs” (English) (12min 41sec): https://youtu.be/ubrWU7aBZsk

Dr. Manal Hamzeh on Gender Justice and the Animated Short “The Four Hijabs” (Arabic) (12min 5sec): https://youtu.be/fpTgH8kDHus

About Silk Road Rising

Silk Road Rising is a community-centered art-making and arts service organization rooted in Asian, Middle Eastern, and Muslim experiences. Through live theatre, digital media, and arts education, we challenge disinformation, cultivate new narratives, and promote a culture of continuous learning. Learn more at: https://www.silkroadrising.org

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Florida Women’s Hall of Fame to Honor Newest Inductees at 38th Anniversary Induction Ceremony

Florida Women’s Hall of Fame to Honor Newest Inductees at 38th Anniversary Induction Ceremony

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA, USA, January 27, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Florida Commission on the Status of Women will celebrate the 38th anniversary of the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame during a virtual ceremony to honor the 2020 inductees. The Florida Women’s Hall of Fame recognizes and honors Florida women who, through their lives and work, made significant contributions to the lives of all citizens in Florida.

When: Thursday, January 28, 2021, 5:30 p.m. EST

Where: Streaming online. Visit fcsw.net for details.

Speakers:
Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette M. Nuñez
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried
Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady
Commissioner Rita Barreto, Chair, Florida Commission on the Status of Women
Commissioner Maruchi Azorin, Chair, Florida Women’s Hall of Fame

Inductees:
Alice Scott Abbott, Bunnell
Alma Lee Loy, Vero Beach
E. Thelma Waters, Indiantown

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Local Company Raises Awareness and Trains Employees to Report Signs of Human Trafficking

AMI staff graduates of the Breaking the Chains training

Advanced Medical Integration trains their employees to spot and report the signs of human trafficking in effort to keep their commuity safe.

We hope to see more companies in the area take initiative to train their staff on spotting and safely reporting any signs of human trafficking.”

— Andrew Steinwand, Chief Administrative Officer for AMI

TAMPA, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, January 27, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — As January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Advanced Medical Integration’s executives made the decision to deliver an awareness training for employees on how to accurately spot and report signs of human and sex trafficking.

Advanced Medical Integration (AMI), is the nation’s leading consulting group for establishing holistic, philosophically-based medical integration. “Part of our mission as a company is improving the health and wellbeing of Americans by positively changing the future of healthcare. One of the core values in healthcare is focusing on the care and wellbeing of others. We care about our staff and our community. Human trafficking is a disgusting violation of basic human rights. AMI took this initiative as a way to keep our staff and community safe.” said Dr. Mike Carrberry, Founder of AMI

Accoriding to Polaris Project, Florida as a state has the 3rd highest rate of human trafficking cases reported, with Tampa Bay being a major hotspot for human trafficking. This year's Super Bowl is scheduled for February 7, 2021, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. As a result, trafficked persons from around the county are being brought to the Tampa Bay area to service an anticipated demand. Human Traffkining incidents in relation to the SuperBowl have become such a concern that Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody recently announced a campaign to include signage with tips of how to spot and report human trafficking at all airport TSA checkpoints and in all airport restrooms Tampa International Airport (TPA).

Andrew Steinwand, the Chief Administrative Officer for AMI who is responsible for staff development and training said “We hope to see more companies in the area take initiative to train their staff on spotting and safely reporting any signs of human trafficking. Awareness and proper reporting of illegal criminal activities will not only result in the rescue of trafficking victims but create a safer environment for our citizens.”

Advanced Medical Integration took preventitive measues by encouraging employees to enroll to receive an indepth training from Operation Underground Railroad, a non-profit that specializes in human trafficking awareness and resuces child victims trafficking, while also drilling scenerios of what to do ifthey observe a suspected instance of trafficking.

Employees who did the training learned the following:
How to identify potential instances of human trafficking.
What details to look for that can be helpful to law enforcement in rescuing victims at a later time.
How to report tips to the National Human Trafficking Hotline by phone, email or text by calling the hotline at 1-888-373-7888, texting "BeFree" (233733) or by submitting an online form at humantraffickinghotline.org
That in instances where a minor is being trafficked, local law enforcement must always be informed.
Programming the National Human Trafficking Hotline number, 1-888-373-7888, into your phone is one of the best ways you can prepare to assist victims of trafficking.

After taking the course an AMI Employee shared their experience stating, “I feel a lot more confident in what human trafficking is and how to report it if I needed to. I feel proud knowing I can help stop human trafficking by beinig more aware. I think the fact AMI as a company made an effort to train employees is very noble. They really care about the community.”

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Holocaust Survivor Eva Schloss Continues to Draw Attention to Nazi Persecution

Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss, speaking at International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust in 2018 (photo courtesy of UN Geneva under Creative Commons license)

Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss, speaking at International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust in 2018 (photo courtesy of UN Geneva under Creative Commons license)

Religion is something beautiful, it’s personal, and we should let everybody worship whomever they want without danger of being killed or persecuted.”

— Eva Schloss

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, January 27, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — At 91, Eva Schloss, stepsister of Anne Frank, is one of the world’s oldest Holocaust survivors.

A prisoner at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp at age 15, she has earned international renown as a lifelong campaigner against racism, anti-Semitism and other human cruelty and offers a unique perspective on the treatment of marginalized communities.

But like many other Jews who suffered Nazi atrocities, it took Schloss decades to overcome her trauma and start speaking about her nine-month imprisonment in the most notorious Nazi concentration camp, liberated by the Russian Red Army 76 years ago on January 27.

“I never spoke about my experiences until 40 years later—it was too difficult,” Schloss told a packed audience in 2018 at Oxford Union, a debating society whose members are mainly students at Oxford University. “I think I started to speak when I realized the world had not really learned anything—there’s still a lot of discrimination and we really have to change our ways.”

Schloss, who has written three books about her experiences as a Holocaust survivor, was born in 1921 in Vienna. Along with her mother, Elfriede Geiringer, and her father and older brother, she fled Austria when the Nazis invaded the country in 1938. The family took refuge in Belgium and eventually settled in Amsterdam, where they lived down the street from Anne Frank and her family.

The Frank family had left Frankfurt, Germany, in 1933, shortly after the Nazis walked through the city’s streets singing, “When Jewish blood drips from our daggers, then things will get better,” as Schloss put it in her Oxford speech, quoting Anne Frank’s father Otto who realized “this is not a country where I want to bring up a family.”

In May 1940, after her family had been in Amsterdam for just a few months, the Nazis occupied Holland.

By 1942, when Schloss was 13, they began rounding up Jews and deporting them to death camps. In response, members of the Dutch resistance offered their homes to hide Jewish families in an effort to keep them safe. But because the homes were small, most Jewish families had no choice but to split up.

Schloss’s father explained that he would stay in one home with her brother, while she lived elsewhere with her mother. “If you are in two different places,” Schloss recalls him saying, “the chances that two of us will survive is bigger.”

“He mentioned ‘survive,’ and at 13, that was the first time I realized it might be a matter of life and death,” Schloss said.

For the next two years, like her famiily, the Franks—Eva’s schoolmate Anne, and Anne’s sister, mother and father—went into hiding.

Schloss’s family changed homes seven times, partly because it became too dangerous for many Dutch people to continue hiding Jews. Eventually, a Dutch nurse, who turned out to be a double agent, informed the Nazis that Schloss’s father and brother were in her home. The nurse had betrayed some 200 Jewish people in this manner. “After the war, there was a court case against her,” according to Schloss, “and she got only four years.”

The Nazis arrested Schloss on May 11, 1944, her 15th birthday, along with the rest of her family. The Frank family was also arrested around the same time, and both families were packed into cattle trains and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland. (Male inmates were imprisoned in the sprawling Auschwitz camp, while women were locked three miles away in Birkenau.)

As Schloss tells it, she and other prisoners were tattooed by Nazi guards who told them, “you are not human beings—you’re cattle who get a number … forget you have a name.” The youngest and most feeble of the inmates were regularly “selected” by Josef Mengele, a Nazi physician whose job it was “to decide who was going to die and who was going to live,” recalls Schloss.

The “selected” were then gassed, often under the guise of being taken to have showers. “Some were even given soap and a towel, and they stood there, but of course no water came but gas,” Schloss said. “Within 15 minutes, they were dead.”

Living conditions at the camp were cramped and terrible. Food consisted of “a little mug of liquid” for breakfast and a chunk of bread for dinner. There was no lunch. “Some people wanted to keep the bread for the morning,” Schloss recalls, “but you had nowhere to keep anything, so the only place was to put your head on it in the night” to keep it from being stolen by other hungry prisoners.

One day, Mengele selected Schloss’s mother for gassing, evidently because she was thin and sickly—she had been giving Schloss her piece of bread. It was only “through a miracle my mother was saved,” said Schloss.

The Nazis kept meticulous records about inmates at Auschwitz, which has since been turned into a museum. The details, which include prisoners’ numbers, physical conditions, statements and the location of their barracks, help relatives of the camp’s victims see for themselves the conditions in which they lived.

And still, said Schloss, “there are people who deny that this happened—when there is so much proof.”

After Auschwitz was liberated, Schloss learned from the Red Cross that her father and brother had perished in the forced march to the Mauthausen death camp in Austria. The Nazis, who fled Auschwitz days before the Red Army’s arrival, had forced Schloss’s father and brother to march with them, along with hundreds of other inmates.

Anne Frank, her sister Margot and her mother also perished. Otto Frank, Anne's father, survived. When he read Anne’s diary, he later wrote, “For me, it was a revelation. There, was revealed a completely different Anne to the child that I had lost. I had no idea of the depths of her thoughts and feelings."

Honoring his daughter’s wish to someday publish a book on her life in the secret annex in Amsterdam, Otto published her diary in 1947. It has since been translated into more than 70 languages. In her introduction to the diary's first American edition, Eleanor Roosevelt described it as "one of the wisest and most moving commentaries on war and its impact on human beings that I have ever read.”

In 1953, a year after Eva married Zvi Schloss, an Israeli scholar of economics she met in London, Otto Frank and Schloss’s mother Elfriede married and Schloss became Anne’s posthumous stepsister.

Last July, Schloss participated in the first-ever digital campaign by Holocaust survivors seeking an end to Holocaust denial posts on Facebook. Survivors from around the world recorded 30-second messages, calling on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to acknowledge that Holocaust denial is hate speech and to remove it from the platform.

On the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz last year, Schloss was asked on the BBC show “Good Morning Britain” how she felt about “the rising tide of anti-Semitism” not just in the U.K. but around the world.

“I must say, I am not in the least bothered,” she replied. “We have been persecuted since ever. And it’s not just Jews who are discriminated. It’s the Muslims, it’s the Christians as well—just people who are not the same as you are. So I think the more fuss we make about it, the more attention we draw to it.”

Asked about her message of tolerance, Schloss responded that she “still can’t understand why there is so much discrimination against people, especially for religious reasons.”

“Religion is something beautiful,” she said, "it’s personal, and we should let everybody worship whomever they want without danger of being killed or persecuted.”

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Church of Scientology Los Angeles Organizes Blood Drive to Help Children’s Hospital Save Young Lives

A Volunteer Minister at the blood donation sign-in table reminds those participating to keep in the protocols to protect everyone from the virus.

A Volunteer Minister at the blood donation sign-in table reminds those participating to keep in the protocols to protect everyone from the virus.

Thumbs up for Los Angeles Children’s Hospital and the lives it saves

Thumbs up for Los Angeles Children’s Hospital and the lives it saves

A Scientology Volunteer Minister, who donated blood at a drive at the beginning of the pandemic last year

A Scientology Volunteer Minister, who donated blood at a drive at the beginning of the pandemic last year

Blood donation plays a vital role in the L.A. Children’s Hospital’s ability to serve the community—even more now with the pandemic than in previous years.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, January 27, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is one of the biggest hospitals for children in the nation. Each year:

* Some 14,600 inpatients are admitted
* More than 343,700 outpatients visit
* Some 72,000 seek the help of the Emergency Department

The hospital depends on the community to save young lives.

“Our patients need approximately 2,000 units of blood and blood components each month as part of the life-saving care,” the hospital states on its website.

To provide these units to their patients:

* The hospital needs to collect blood from approximately 800 blood donors per month.

* Nearly 90 percent of the blood transfused at Children's Hospital Los Angeles comes from its donor center.

Learning of a shortage, in part caused by the pandemic, the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles hosted the hospital’s bloodmobile for remote donation collection.

“We put the word out to the local community in East Hollywood,” says Susanna Johansson, Public Relations Director at the Church of Scientology. “So many people took part—our own parishioners and many East Hollywood neighbors—there was terrific community support. By the late afternoon with all volunteer donators showing up like clockwork, socially distanced, we were proud to make the quota set by Children’s Hospital. It’s so important to us to support what they do.”

Rocio Hernandez, blood recruitment coordinator for Children’s Hospital, thanked the team. “The Church of Scientology has been really supportive in raising awareness for blood drives. I am grateful for this partnership and looking forward to continue the collaboration in this new year.”

The Church of Scientology Los Angeles urges anyone who can to organize Childen’s Hospital blood donations. Anyone wishing to do so is welcome to contact the Church for tips on how to make it successful and safe.

The iconic headquarters of the Church of Scientology on Sunset Boulevard is configured to serve Scientologists in their ascent to higher states of spiritual freedom, and as a home for the entire community and a meeting ground of cooperative effort to uplift people of all denominations.

The Church of Scientology Los Angeles was featured in the first episode of Inside Scientology on the Scientology Network. It premiered in March 2018, when Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige launched the network that airs on DIRECTV 320 and it is available on-demand there and through Scientology.tv.

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Veteran ER Doctor Launches myURGENCYMD to Provide Telemedicine Services to Individuals, Families & Students

Dr. Dorsha James launched her telemedicine company myURGENCYMD to give everyone access to affordable health care services.

Dr. Dorsha James launched her telemedicine company, myURGENCYMD, to give everyone access to affordable health care services

Emergency medicine physician, Dr. Dorsha James, launched a telemedicine company to help others obtain easy and affordable treatment for medical urgencies.

myURGENCYMD allows patients with the ability to see a doctor from the comforts of home, bypassing doctor’s offices and waiting rooms and without the large hospital bill.”

— Dr. Dorsha James

NASHVILLE , TN , UNITED STATES, January 27, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Dr. Dorsha James, MD wants everyone to have access to doctors when they need them. To help accomplish her goal, she launched the telemedicine company myURGENCYMD. myURGENCYMD provides its members access to caring board-certified physicians in their area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via phone, video, or email. Individuals can easily request a virtual consultation for treating conditions such as cold and flu symptoms, sinus problems, respiratory infections, allergies, some STDs, urinary tract infections, and many other non-emergency illnesses. These services are easy to utilize, affordable, and convenient with physicians “on-call” in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. At a time when the general public is encouraged to stay at home as much as possible and practice social distancing to decrease the risk of contracting the coronavirus, being able to speak to a physician without having to leave home is invaluable. Membership can be obtained by visiting www.myURGENCYMD.com.

As a 15-year veteran emergency medicine physician in the ever-growing city of Nashville, TN, Dr. Dorsha has seen what happens when people come to the hospital for non-life-threatening issues. “Unfortunately for some, the ER is the only place they can receive their care but ER’s are often overcrowded with extended wait times. myURGENCYMD allows patients with the ability to see a doctor from the comforts of home, bypassing doctor’s offices and waiting rooms and without the large hospital bill,” said Dr. Dorsha.

For those without health insurance, telemedicine is a good option until they can obtain coverage and for those with insurance, telemedicine is a great supplemental service for companies that don’t offer it as part of their coverage. Anyone can become a member and telemedicine allows anyone with smart phone access to non-emergency health services for a total cost of $24.95 a month or less than $300 a year. Another perk is one membership can be utilized by a household of up to seven people. The service is unlimited so members can schedule appointments as needed. It has no co-pays or additional fees and has a Spanish experience for those who need it.

In late 2020, myURGENCYMD became the first telemedicine company to launch an effort that specifically targets HBCUs and other colleges and universities that want to be able to provide medical services to students around the clock. Tennessee State University, in Nashville, Tennessee, is the first to partner with the organization and provides myURGENCYMD’s services to its more than 7,000 students free of charge. This is especially useful during the COVID-19 pandemic as colleges and universities across the United States saw a significant increase in the number of students taking on-line courses making it difficult for them to utilize services provided by student health centers located on campus.

myURGENCYMD also provides mental health services. Many factors have caused an increase in depression and anxiety making access to mental health care imperative. A myURGENCYMD membership includes unlimited access to a Master’s Level Therapist and members also have a 100% guaranteed follow-up with their original therapist.

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MOMENTUM FOR HEALTH HOLDS VIRTUAL GRAND OPENING OF NEW MOUNTAIN VIEW FACILITY

Joe Simitian, Santa Clara County Supervisor

David Mineta, CEO of Momentum for Mental Health

Ellen Kamei, Mountain View Mayor

We want to remove obstacles and make it easy for our clients to get the care they need.”

— Momentum CEO David Mineta

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, USA, January 27, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Imagine struggling with a mental illness and needing more support than usual due to the pandemic. Now, factor in the added stress of taking public transportation to an appointment. For some, that journey can take up to five hours – two and a half hours each way. That’s why the opening of Momentum for Health’s North County Outpatient program in Mountain View couldn’t come at a better time.

Since Covid started, Momentum – Santa Clara County’s largest private provider of adult mental health services – has seen demand for its services skyrocket. This new location offers case management and psychiatric services as well as individual and group therapy at the new facility.

Those services were previously offered at a Momentum facility in Palo Alto but other programs were offered as well so space was tight. According to Vera Kugel, Momentum’s North County Outpatient program manager, “Our new location will allow us to have more physical space and also expand the services we’re committed to providing to folks living in Sunnyvale and further south.”

Using data obtained from the County of Santa Clara, “we ascertained that Mountain View is an excellent location to serve people needing help in the public insurance arena,” said Momentum CEO David Mineta. “We want to remove obstacles and make it easy for our clients to get the care they need.”

“It’s important now more than ever to make this move because we’re seeing a higher need for emotional and mental support for people with mental illnesses due to the pandemic,” added Alex Shwarzstein, Momentum for Health’s director of development and communications. “We’re ensuring Momentum is embedded in the community and here for the people who need us.”

The nonprofit will host a virtual tour of the facility which was furnished with desks, chairs and cabinets thanks in part to a grant provided by the Sand Hill Foundation.

SPEAKERS:
– Ellen Kamei, Mountain View Mayor

– Joe Simitian, Santa Clara County Supervisor

– David Mineta, CEO Momentum for Health

– Mary Rotunno, Chair of Momentum's Board of Directors and General Counsel at El Camino Hospital

– Alan, a client at Momentum's new location who has worked with Momentum since 2015 and is successfully in recovery for mental illness and substance abuse.

DATE:
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

TIME:
12:30 PM

WHERE:
Preregister for the virtual grand opening here:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sDASEo9jTrifvK1p9bKvXw

CONTACT:
Alex Shwarzstein, CFRE, Director of Development & Communications
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ashwarzstein@momentumforhealth.org

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Momentum offers adults, adolescents and families an array of high-quality programs and services that promote a healthier, independent future. The organization focuses on a seamless delivery of comprehensive behavioral health services that are accessible, integrated, effective and engaging, resulting in the best treatment possible.

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